musings from morgan : magnificent metals foil finish eye shadow

August 6, 2014By DJMC

I’m the kind of girl who either goes for a bold lip or the dramatic eye – one or the other, never both together. You probably know by now I favour the bold lip, but when I want to dress up my eyes I really want to go big. Intense eyeshadow, dramatic winged liner, falsies are all my go-tos to create an all-out look, and since I’ve discovered Stila’s Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow the eyeshadow bar has definitely been raised.

The eye shadow is a cream-to-powder product that comes with a small vial of Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer and a small tray to mix the products together for an opaque, long-lasting finish that loads your lids with sparkle and metallic goodness (without feeling too heavy at all).

I tried the product in Comex Platinum and found it applies easily using your finger, or you can use an eyeshadow sponge applicator – I wouldn’t recommend a brush though. It definitely calls for solid application in more of a pressing motion than a brushing, as it’s the best way to ensure all of the product gets transferred to your lids without falling. Stila also has a specific applicator you can buy if you try these and find you want to wear them all the time.

I was really impressed by the lightness of the shadow itself – I was definitely expecting something heavy on my lids, but that wasn’t the case. As promised, it delivers bold, opaque coverage that lasts all day and is perfect for long nights out on the dance floor. I’m looking forward to playing around with it more and using it with other shades and shadows to see how it looks beyond just an all-over finish.

It’s certainly not a everyday product (unless you work somewhere awesome) but when you’re looking to kick things up a notch and really go all-out with your eye makeup, this is the perfect shadow to do it. It’s available at Sephora and Murale for $42.00 CAD so it’s definitely on the high-end of eyeshadow products, but it’s high quality and a little goes a long way.

Are you interested in trying out this product? Where would you wear it?

Disclosure: This product was sent to BlushPretty as a press sample for editorial consideration.

things we love : bronzer fixes

August 5, 2014By DJMC

Summer is all about sunshine and the natural glow you get from the long, sunny days spent outside, right?

Ha – don’t I wish! Most of us spend our days indoors working or quite frankly just don’t tan that well (or choose not to in favour of protecting our skin from harmful UV rays), yet the desire to achieve a sun-kissed glow is still there. That’s when many of us turn to bronzer as a way to not only perk up our colour, but also define some of our best features and add a touch of shimmer to our faces.

Sadly, not all bronzers are created equal and it can be a tricky product to master. We’ve all seen someone who has overdone it, selected the wrong colour (orange faces, yikes!) or simply darkened their entire face one shade too many.

Teen Vogue rounded up the 5 most common bronzer mistakes and how to fix them – the list is definitely worth a read!

lightbox : beautiful blondes …

August 4, 2014By stephanie

This beautiful image of a recent 2014 bride was captured by Robyn Russell Photography.

I think it showcases the wonderful hair artistry completed by our
senior artist Samantha Wilson.



stephanie-isms: summer flings …

August 1, 2014By stephanie

Whoops – it’s August 1, 2014. Where has summer gone? Better yet … where has my blogging gone? Ha!

I have been enjoying way too much of the summer and even more so … I’ve been having enjoying a steady rotation of good products to keep me looking breezy, beachy and pretty. Since we have hit the halfway mark … I thought it would be good to share my current summer loves …

Secret Refresh Body Spray in Citrus Breeze: a glistening, body complete with a bit of a afterglow from active movement (beach v-ball anyone?) is fabulous … but complete with stick to match … er … not so much. This citrusy scented body spray from Secret’s new Destinations collection is the perfect quick fix when you go from the beach to patio party. It delivers 48-hours of door protection … the perfect escape.

Philips Satin Soft Epilator: as a longtime fan of epilators, I’m in love with my new SatinSoft epilator which can be used wet or dry. Quick and easy to use, it leaves my legs smooth for at least 7 days before I feel even the slight peek of stubble. Compact and tiny, it’s also my ideal mate for travel. Bonus: comes with a dry brush to exfoliate the legs before removal!

Foreo Mini Luna: days spent out in the sun and hanging out can take a beating on my complexion regardless of SPF and the widest brim hat, so I’ve been treating my skin to this Ah-Mah-Zing deep-cleansing facial brush. My skin looks brighter and smoother with just a minute each morning and night. Two speeds for the most optimal cleanse. The best part: I’ve charged it once since I received it in June 2014 and it hasn’t lost any power since. Available at Murale!

Cargo Essential Lip Gloss in Rio: when the weather’s warm, I try to wear as little possible on the face, so a great lip gloss is the perfect “quick” makeup look. This Cargo treat is high shine and long wear which is exactly what you are looking for in summertime lips. Rio is also a great summer colour, a hint of orange which is a great switch up from pink.

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Shanghai Sizzle: again with the lips! If the agenda for the day is more meetings (on the patio) over wings and beer (on the patio), then I’ll opt for this pigmented and creamy colour. Red always makes a statement.

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Kitten: against my summer tan, I’m enjoying using this metallic sheen over the eyes all by itself.  The right amount of sparkle, I’d pair this with a hint of a black line.  Kitten is the perfect peachy pink nude for the eye.

Anastasia Pro Pencil + DipBrow Pomade: this is a one-two punch for the brows. I’m not one to do completely different brows, but instead prefer to give them a natural fill but still polished. With these two products I can achieve that look easily. The Pro Pencil is great for priming the eyes before shadow too. Bonus: Anastasia is coming back to Murale! It’s also available at Sephora!

Almay Smart  Shade CC Luminous Primer: when the temperature is right, I can make do without foundation or powder, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want my skin to look even. I’ve been using the primer before I head out the door. My skin looks brighter and healthier instantly. Plus it has SPF! (Yay!)

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet: you know that refreshing feeling of applying a cool, rich face cream after a day out and how it makes the skin feel relaxed and pampered. Well, this cream is it except it’s lightweight and mattifying so you can wear it before bed AND in the morning throughout the whooooole day. Um. Yes please!

NARS Nail Polish in Zakynthos+Shameless Red: a good mani-pedi during sandals+tank top season is essential. NARS has a new set of polishes available this August, that will not only look great now … but transition well into Fall 2014.   Zakynthos is my go-to neutral and Shameless Red is my “accent”.  All the new colours to come are fabulous, but what sets NARS new polishes apart from the rest : THE BRUSH! I love the rounded flat brush – its made painting nails mistake proof!

Urban Decay’s Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace: again with the lips! But for a good reason. A statement red lip is always in season, hot or cold. In honour of the classic cult favourite movie, PULP FICTION, Urban Decay released the perfect creamy red bringing to life Mrs. Mia Wallace. How can a red lip not look awesome with the perfect white tank and and denim short combo?